How to project yourself better to others

People in business, whether formal or informal, take others more seriously when they project themselves with confident and trustworthiness.

Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Maintain a confident posture. Plant your feet and stand up straight. Don’t be stiff and don’t slouch. Watch how you place your hands. Are they fidgety and going in and out of your pockets? Are your legs too stiff. Be confident, but be relaxed.
  2. Be aware of your movements and gestures. Move with purpose and be smooth. Slow down a bit, if you feel nervous. Be aware of annoying habits like fidgeting with your fingers, looking away from the subject and clicking a ball-point pen.
  3. Watch your facial expressions. Show emotion that’s consistent with your purpose and the topic at hand. If you say that you’re happy about something or doing something, then you better have a smile on your face.
  4. Maintain reasonable eye contact. When you’re speaking to someone or listening to them, give them your attention by maintaining eye contact. Be careful not to stare or gaze into someone’s eyes too long or it’ll come off creepy. Blink, too. It’s also creepy when someone doesn’t blink.
  5. Be intentional about your appearance. Dress in a way that adds to your credibility and dress in a way that’s appropriate for the environment. If you’re in the office, don’t dress like you’re going to the beach or going to the nightclub. And, if you’re in a social or less formal environment, don’t over-dress.

Keep these things in mind when you’re in a business environment.